Ramiz Raja ticks all the boxes for PCB Chairman’s role
LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board is all set to be headed by a decorated former captain when Ramiz Raja contests the Chairman’s election on 13 September and in all probability, will be elected unopposed by the PCB’s Board of Governors. Amongst the 34 PCB Chairmen from 1948 to date, only three international cricketers have been at the helm of cricket affairs – Abdul Hafeez Kardar (1972-1977), Javed Burki (1994-1995) and Ijaz Butt (2008-2011). The 59-year-old Ramiz is the most experienced amongst his predecessors, according to study conducted by APP here on Saturday. In an international career from 1984 to 1997 – a period when Pakistan cricket was at its peak through its ruthlessness, aggression and killer’s instinct – Ramiz played 255 international matches across the globe and scored 8,674 runs. Post retirement, Ramiz’s knowledge, insight and game understanding took him to unprecedented career heights when he became a regular commentator with leading cricket broadcasters, describing all formats of the game alongside the most respected cricket voices such as Mike Holding, late Tony Greig, Ian Chappell, Sunil Gavaskar, David Gower, Mark Taylor, Michael Atherton, Richard Hadlee and Shaun Pollock. Ramiz’s cricket intelligence, wisdom and vision impressed the prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club, when they included him in their MCC World Cricket Committee. At Lord’s, he joined cricket legends like Mike Gatting (Chairman), Alastair Cook, Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara and Shane Warne to not only discuss but provide suggestions and solutions on how to make the sport viable, feasible, attractive and competitive. – APP